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Joint Statement by Victor Yushchenko and Vladimir Putin

Posted by the Editor on December 15, 2005


News / 15 December 2005 | 18:20

Joint Statement by Victor Yushchenko and Vladimir Putin

Joint Statement by Victor Yushchenko and Vladimir Putin

As guarantors and negotiators in the process to settle the Trans-dniester conflict and realizing our responsibility to ensure civil and interethnic peace and stability in this European region and welfare of the Moldova people as well as the Russians and Ukrainians residing on the shores of the Dniester River, Ukraine and the Russian Federation welcome the resumption of negotiations with the assistance of intermediaries from Ukraine, Russia and the OSCE and the participation of observers from the United States of America and the European Union.

We believe that the solution of the Trans-dniester problem will be found by defining and legally assigning a special legal status to Trans-dniester, guaranteeing sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Republic of Moldova.

Ukraine and the Russian Federation are determined to actively coordinate all practical measures they adopt to rapidly settle the conflict by exceptionally peaceful means at negotiations between the Republic of Moldova and Trans-dniester. The Russian Federation considers Ukrainian initiatives as an important basis that helped to resume and accelerate these negotiations, while Ukraine regards recent Russian propositions to be significant for their development.

The guarantors confirm their commitment to all recently concluded agreements and their readiness to maximally assist the multinational Republic of Moldova to build its democratic, legal and neutral state on the principles of integral territory, state power, economy, and defence. At the same time, stability of the negotiated settlement model should be reliably supported with a complex system of guarantees.

Ukraine and Russia welcome all measures to further democratise the region by consolidating the fundamentals of civil society and promoting human rights on the basis of standards of the OSCE and the Council of Europe. We find it important to create favourable conditions to conduct transparent and democratic elections to the Supreme Council of Trans-dniester with the participation of the international community. The OSCE might establish a special mission to estimate the situation and to formulate relevant recommendations in the context of Ukraine’s initiative.

Recognizing the stabilizing role of current peacekeeping operations in the region, the sides believe it would be expedient to transform them into peace-guaranteeing operations under the aegis of the OSCE as a result of the Trans-dniester settlement.

 
To achieve these goals, Ukraine and Russia intend to maximally help create a climate of trust and reduce opposition between the parties of the conflict and promote constructive dialogue in cooperation with the OSCE, the European Union and the United States of America to achieve comprehensive and lasting peace.
 
President’s press office

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Presidents of Russia and Ukraine had a phone conversation

Posted by the Editor on December 15, 2005


News / 15 December 2005 | 17:59

Presidents of Russia and Ukraine had a phone conversation

Presidents of Russia and Ukraine had a phone conversation

Victor Yushchenko and Vladimir Putin discussed the priorities of the cooperation between Russia and Ukraine in the gas and fuel sphere, Russian President’s press office told.

Russian President was satisfied Yushchenko’s principal readiness to liberalization of Russian gas price and the transit tariff. “What refers to the other issues of this field they will be discussed at the experts’ level,” the press office told.

The talk was initiated by Ukrainian part.

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Lutsenko recognizes facts of tortures in police

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News / 15 December 2005 | 17:46

Lutsenko recognizes facts of tortures in police

Lutsenko recognizes facts of tortures in police

Yuri Lutsenko, Minister of Internal Affairs, recognizes facts of tortures in police during investigation of criminal cases, as he declared speaking before the Verkhovna Rada, ForUm’s correspondent informs.

In this connection, according to Lutsenko, Ministry of Internal Affairs formed a special group, which consists of representatives of the most famous organizations on human rights. The group along with VR Top Human Rights Official Nina Karpachyova has a right to enter any ward and personally make sure of propriety of police officials’ actions.

Besides, Lutsenko noted that MPs of Ukraine would be delivered a videotape recording with journalist’ talks with one of the witnesses on “Kolesnikov case”, who accused police of subjecting him to tortures. MPs themselves are not allowed to meet the witness, as Lutsenko said.

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PACE Monitoring Committee: constitutional justice in Ukraine ‘held hostage by political interests’

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News / 15 December 2005 | 16:57

constitutional justice in Ukraine 'held hostage by political interests'

PACE Monitoring Committee: constitutional justice in Ukraine ‘held hostage by political interests’

In a declaration adopted today, the Monitoring Committee of the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) has urged the Ukrainian Parliament to carry out its constitutional duty and renew the composition of the Constitutional Court of Ukraine without any further delay, press office of Council of Europe informed ForUm. The full text of the declaration, adopted at a meeting in Paris, reads:

“The Monitoring Committee recalls that in its Resolution 1466 (2005) , adopted on 5October this year, PACE called upon the Ukrainian authorities to ‘ensure that the composition of the Constitutional Court of Ukraine is renewed without undue delay after the expiry of the term of office of its justices’. It deeply regrets that the Assembly’s call has gone unheeded and that the composition of the Constitutional Court of Ukraine has not been renewed by the Verkhovna Rada (parliament) of Ukraine to this day.

The committee notes that on 18 October 2005 the term of office of ten justicesof the 18-member Constitutional Court of Ukraine came to an end. Another three judges’ posts have been vacant for some time already. There are currently only five active justices left in the Constitutional Court (with a quorum of twelve justices), which has made constitutional justice in Ukraine inoperative for nearly two months already.

According to Law on the Constitutional Court, the justices are appointed in equal share by the President of Ukraine, the Verkhovna Rada and the Congress of Judges of Ukraine, who are then sworn in by the Verkhovna Rada . The latter has failed to carry out its duty and swear in the six justices appointed on 3 November by the Congress of Judges of Ukraine and three justices appointed on 14 Novemberby the President of Ukraine, despite the fact that according to the Law the newly-appointed justices have to be sworn in within a month from the date of their appointment at the plenary meeting of the parliament. Nor has the parliament appointed the four justices under its own quota.

In the light of the above facts the Monitoring Committee considers that it is unacceptable that justice is held hostage to political interests. Consequently, it urges the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, and in particular its Speaker Volodymyr Lytvyn, to carry out their constitutional duty and renew the composition of the Constitutional Court of Ukraine without any further delay.”

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Lutsenko to report about “Kolesnikov case” investigation

Posted by the Editor on December 15, 2005


News / 15 December 2005 | 15:40

Lutsenko to report about “Kolesnikov case” investigation

Today MPs of Ukraine obliged Yuri Lutsenko, Minister of Internal Affairs, to appear before Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine with the report about investigation of “Kolesnikov case”, ForUm’s correspondent reported.

233 MPs voted for the draft decree, according to which Yuri Lutsenko must inform MPs about appropriateness of law enforcement bodies’ actions during investigation of “Kolesnikov case” till the end of today’s plenary session.

 
The draft decree also provided for report of Top Human Rights official Nina Karpachyova on “Kolesnikov case”, but parliamentarians excluded this point from the decree.

Faction of Party of Regions also submitted for consideration a draft decree, which provides for report of Yuri Lutsenko about facts of tortures during the investigation of “Kolesnikov case”. MP of Ukraine Mikhailo Dobkin informed Parliament that one of the detained witnesses was subjected to torture and is presently staying in “ambulance” hospital in grave condition. The victim declares that Donetsk police forced him to give evidence against Kolesnikov and put him on the rack in order to fasten “the right decision”.

The faction demands to call Yuri Lutsenko to Parliament, to listen to the report of Ombudsman Nina Karpachyova, to fire the head of Donetsk Internal Affairs Department. “Regionals” also call on the President to intervene in the case and to defend right of the detained from police despotism.

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Yushchenko: 2006 year is important for judicial reform

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News / 15 December 2005 | 15:10

2006 year is important for judicial reform

Yushchenko: 2006 year is important for judicial reform

Victor Yushchenko congratulated Ukrainian judges on their professional day, the President’s press office reported. In his speech at a ceremonial session of the Supreme Court of Ukraine, the Head of State stressed that this was “the most elite and respectful national audience.”

“I am convinced you are paragons for millions of people,” he said, wishing them professional achievements and welfare.

The President remindedthose presentof the historic verdict toannul the run-off election as fraudulent. He stressed that “morality and commitment to justice” of the judges of the Supreme Court helped keep the people, “who were on the verge of civil war,” from destructive actions. Yushchenko said the verdict” was warmly supported by the people and helped restore trust in the judicial system, state, and government.”

TheHead of Statereiterated that principles of democracy, freedom of speech and justice were “fundamental values we need to promote” in our country.

He commented on next year’s judicial reform, saying it was a challenge “which is easy to respond to by introducing systematic and permanent monitoring.”

The Head of State stressed that the Supreme Court of Ukraine should be the motive force of this reform.

“I think we are standing on the threshold of genuine judicial reforms today,” Yushchenko declared.

He admitted that it would take more than one year to introduce the reform but noted that we “cannot postpone it for years,”urging parliamentarians, ministers and judges to unite for its successful implementation.

The President said in January 2006 the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine would first formulate an effective action plan to reform the judicial system in 2006. Yushchenko added that this “specific agenda” would include measures to construct court premises and to improve judges’ social and financial welfare.

Yushchenko stressed that it was vital for the country to have independent courts, ands aid he wanted to demonstrate by his own example that the so-called telephone right was unacceptable. The President noted that the judicial system should efficiently respond to “some unpleasant precedents” that degrade the authority of judges.

“I am convinced that courts and judges should care about their authority, avoid bringing inquestionable verdicts and demonstrate transparency and independence,” he said, stressing that his imperative primarily concerned the long-expected investigation of controversial cases.

The President said he was sure judges “should courageously resist all attempts to influence them,” observing nothing but laws in their work.

“I believe in your honesty, conscientiousness, and commitment to the people and the country,” he said.

Yushchenko awarded the judges with state orders.

Speaker Volodymyr Lytvyn, Premier Yuriy Yekhanurov, NSDCU Secretary Anatoly Kinakh, and First Deputy Secretariat Chief-of-Staff Ivan Vasyunyk attended the meeting.

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The press office of Party of Regions responds to the statement of Our Ukraine election bloc

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News / 15 December 2005 | 14:40

The press office of Party of Regions responds to the statement of Our Ukraine election bloc

The press office of Party of Regions responds to the statement of Our Ukraine election bloc

The response reads:

“Our Ukraine election bloc is absolutely right stating that it was not practised under the time of Yanukovich’s period of office. The government of that time did not even dare to propose the inevitable death to its population and moreover it never asked people to vote for the death in the referendum. Certainly, Victor Yanukovich never practised it. Yushchenko’s proposal to build one more the spent fuel store for foreign countries is more cynical than the appeal of Valentina Shevchenko the leader of Soviet Ukraine to take part in the Labour Day demonstration downright after Chernobyl catastrophe in 1986.

The principal position of the Party of Regions is that we stand for protection of the population from the realization of President’s idea to turn Ukraine in European dust hole of nuclear waste. We do fight for this position by all means. And we do not care whether Our Ukraine election headquarters press service like it or not. We stand guard over the interests of people. That is why we cannot act another way.”

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Klimenko: Donetsk needs Poroshenko

Posted by the Editor on December 15, 2005


News / 15 December 2005 | 14:10

Donetsk needs Poroshenko

Klimenko: Donetsk needs Poroshenko

“The leadership of Donetsk needs such an effective politician as Petro Poroshenko is,” said Anton Klimenko, the head of Donetsk region party organization of NSNU Party (People’s Union Our Ukraine). 
 
“He would be able to solve the key problem, that is to say the staff problem. 99.9% of civil servants in the region are the old power’s representatives. I do not understand how people that were so hostile towards the present president may implement his electoral program effectively”, added Klimenko.

“For the time being Petro Oleksiyovych neither agreed nor disagreed to be Donetsk region governor,” Klimenko said.

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